Following Sri Lanka banning all facial coverings from Monday due the serial Easter blasts and the consequent blasts that shook the Island nation, fringe group Hindu Sena's chief Vishnu Gupta has written a letter to the Home Secretary of India, Rajiv Gauba on Tuesday, requesting the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to impose a 'complete ban of Niqab and Burkas in public places', among other extreme acts.
"Please impose the complete ban on usage of full-face coverings and dresses such as Arabic dresses- Niqab and Burka in all public places and inside government and private institutions. These kinds of head coverings enable terrorists to hide their identity from CCTV and other surveillance measures in place," reads the letter without providing any substantiation by the way of intelligence reports or citing any credible source.
On Monday, Sri Lanka banned all facial coverings in public places releasing a press release:
"President Maithripala Sirisena took this decision to further support the ongoing security and help the armed forces to easily identify the identity of any wanted perpetrators," according to a press note from the Sri Lankan president's office."
Piggybacking on Sri Lanka's ban, Gupta, while speaking to Republic TV, also drew an election link to his demand and said he would also write to the Election Commission to ban burqas, almost as if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are the first elections in India where persons wearing Burqas have voted:
"As voting is under progress, burqas are being used by women and there is no checking to ascertain who is voting at that time by the Election Commission. I will also write to the EC to ban burqas in polling booths."
He also claimed that his demand was not communal but in the interest of preventing 'misuse' of the niqab:
"What is the need for Burka in India where the administration comes under the law? All are equal here. Who will take responsibility if people misuse niqab?"
Republic TV has accessed the letter he's written to the MHA in which he makes further shocking and extremist demands:
Vishnu Gupta, who heads the Hindu Sen previously campaigned for US President Donald Trump in 2016 during his presidential run by conducting a 'havan' and celebrating Trump's birthday.